Our Mission

The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network was established in July 1990, as a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, dedicated to improving education for underrepresented students throughout the nation.  It is the successor organization to the MIT-based QEM Project, and the precursor to Project QEM2 (Quality Education for the Majority-Minority). With initial support from Carnegie and MIT, QEM began its operation to help realize the vision and goals set forth in the QEM Project's January 1990 report: Education That Works: An Action Plan for the Education of Minorities.

QEM seeks to put into practice the recommendations in the QEM Action Plan by working with minority and non-minority individuals, organizations, and institutions around the country to help coordinate and energize efforts to improve the education of minorities, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Employing a unique array of opportunities and approaches, QEM has established an extensive network of STEM faculty, administrators, and students and to successfully engage in a range of institutional and individual capacity-building activities. Strategies employed and lessons learned in the implementation of one project inform approaches in other projects. With the assistance of experienced STEM consultants and evaluators, QEM offers high quality technical assistance, encouragement, and follow-up support to chief academic officers, STEM faculty, and STEM students at a range of minority-serving institutions as well as underrepresented minority faculty at non-minority institutions.


"Look deeper into the dispiriting statistics and you’ll find a rarely acknowledged beauty: an indomitable spirit and irrepressible desire to beat the odds."

— Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, President, QEM Network